Monthly Archives: October 2015

Learn Arduino at Makers Local 256 Public Night!

This coming Tuesday (Nov 3) at 7:00 PM, we have some amazing people from coming by Makers Local 256 to give a presentation/demo/Q&A on Arduino microcontrollers and embedded electronics in general. They’re touring around the Southeast and ML256 is one of the many places they chose to stop by!

Their main objective is to talk to people about Arduino and what you can do with it. They’ll have some kits and parts available during and after the presentation, so if you don’t have an Arduino (or two) already, you can pick one up then. They’ll be showing off a neat display of a few different Arduino projects and circuits, so it should be interesting and fun!

They’ll be going through the entire process of designing, connecting, and coding up a simple Arduino project from start to finish. If you have any questions about your own project, they would love to discuss ideas and give help where they can.

There’s no cost to attend the presentation, but they will have parts available for sale if you need them. Anyone is welcome to attend!

22 Blackpitts – 360 Views

A lot of you have been asking for more information on our new space. It seems like the address is not enough for you. Check out these awesome 360 views of the new space.

Main Room

Loading Bay


Entrance Hall:


The Sorting

When you move house, you get to move all of your stuff too. TOG is no different. You find things that you had long forgotten about. There’s been some pleasant surprises already. Like finding a tenner in an old pair of jeans that have been through the wash.

We moved all of our stuff en-masse to our new space at 22 Blackpitts. We just dropped the stuff anywhere. Now the fun starts. We have to sort through it all, and arrange it into some kind of order. No doubt we’ll do a bit of pruning and tidying as we go. We’re closed while we sort through everything and do some tidying, but we’ll be reopening again very soon. Keep in touch with us to see what we find.

Arduino courses

11/15/2015 14:00
11/15/2015 19:00
11/15/2015 14:00
11/15/2015 19:00

These vents are signed up through connpass We will be using the office space from 2-7 pm

Check out our new Vinyl Cutter

A vinyl cutter has been purchased for VHS!

One of our members, Dan R very generously started a Tilt compaign, and it was successful! 16 members kicked in some cash, in total, and we successfully funded a Clipper vinyl cutter.

It has a work area of 24″ x 3m. I don’t know why one of those measurements is in weird Moon units. It has a cutting force of 250g.

We are still learning how to use it, but easy stuff is easy.

Check out our new Vinyl Cutter

We also have some members that have done amazing stuff with their personal cutters, so we have high hopes!

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(Pictures courtesy of Mark J)

This is free to use! We only have one blade for it, and those will likely be considered “consumable” and become BYOB (Bring Your Own Blade), but if that happens, blades will appear in our vending machine.

Workshop: Build a radio controlled fixed-wing airplane


$150 if you need to buy a transmitter
$85 if you already have a transmitter, or plan to buy a different one
$0 if you want to help/heckle but don’t need any airplane parts

Event Description

In recent years, the RC hobby is being revolutionized by the development of cheap and super-energy-dense lithium polymer batteries, and the ongoing progress in miniaturization and mass production of electronics.

One of my favourite RC companies is Flite Test, they’re popularizing a construction technique that’s really fast, cheap and much easier than the old-school “stick and tissue” techniques that I spent hundreds of very enjoyable hours with as a kid.

All you need to make a Flite Test airframe is foamcore board (2-4 sheets at $1.25 each), a hot glue gun, a sharp knife, bamboo barbecue skewers, and occasionally other random bits found around the house.

We’ll be building a brand new design, the Flite Test Explorer. With a “pusher” configuration, it’s much harder to damage motors and props when the inevitable nose-first crashes happen.

You’ll get:

  • Enough foamcore board to make a complete airframe, with two wings (3-channel “trainer” wing, 4-channel “sport” wing). We’ll have some laser-cut acrylic cutting templates to make it easier.
  • Enough extra glue sticks, barbecue skewers, packing tape and duct tape to hold things together
  • A transmitter (“TX”) and receiver (“RX”) that operate using the 2.4GHz frequency band
  • Five servos — you only need two for a 3-channel trainer, or four for a 4-channel model, leaving a spare. We’ll give you a Y-harness to connect the aileron servos for the 4-channel wing.
  • Steel wire to connect the servos to control surfaces
  • Laser cut plywood motor mount and control horns
  • An electric motor (two different power levels to choose from), electronic speed controller (“ESC”) and a propeller
  • A Lithium Polymer (“LiPo”) battery large enough for ~20 minute flights
  • A LiPo battery charger

If you’re curious about the parts costs, I’ve made a Google Sheets spreadsheet4.

You need to bring:

  • A hobby knife (e.g. X-Acto #11) and at least four spare blades
  • A hot glue gun. Because of the size of our wing, your glue gun has to be powerful. A 40-watt gun is barely sufficient, more is better. If you have trouble finding a powerful glue gun, let us know and we’ll order a few.
  • Lunch–we’ll have a half hour break around lunchtime
  • Enthusiasm for building and learning!

What about the flying part?

The workshop is likely to run all day, and it’ll be dark by the time it’s done. We’ll schedule some learn-to-fly days soon afterward, depending on weather and availability.

Instructor Bio

I’ve been building and flying rubber-powered free flight airplanes since I was a kid, but back then RC was incredibly expensive, you needed an amateur radio license to operate a transmitter, and it took dozens of hours to build an airplane. Now, everything is better!

I’m not charging anything for my time, I just want to introduce people to this fascinating hobby.

Build Video

If you want to get a head start, I highly recommend watching the FT Explorer build video


Talk post 




Nixi-tube class part 1

10/31/2015 14:00
10/31/2015 14:00
Event Type: 

Register for this event on Conpass

Build your own nixi tube clock!


Nixie Clock Part I: High Voltage Power Supply

October 31 @ THS, starting at 14:00

This is part 1 of a 2 part workshop on buidling your own nixie tube clock/display.

Member Price: 
Non-Member Price: 


Join us for Pumpkin Hacking this Sunday!

I carved this here Benedict Pumpkinpatch during another year’s Pumpkin Hacking session, come along and we can show you how, too!

Hello pumpkins! It’s that time of year again!

This year it’s BRING YOUR OWN PUMPKIN, because for some reason people at our space don’t enjoy hacking around rotting piles of pumpkins in the days following our little get-together.

We will also be snacking on holiday themed foods (candy corn and pumpkin seeds, anyone?) and watching spooky (but not scary) movies. JOIN US!

1:00PM – 4:00PM

Tickets are $10, purchase them here:

Workshop: Leather and Lasers – Passport Wallet, November 22nd Noon-5pm

We’ve been playing around for a while with using the laser cutter to make leathercraft projects. It works really well!


We’ll be running a workshop to learn the basics.

The workshop will be November 22nd starting at noon, and running until about 5.

Here’s the prototype for what we’ll be making:



It’s a travel wallet sized to hold a Passport, a few cards, and some room for currency or papers.

In the workshop you will:

  • Learn how to use Fusion 360 to design a pattern to laser cut
  • Make your own leather passport wallet
    • Dying the leather
    • Conditioning
    • Saddlestitching to assemble the wallet.

We will also discuss etching – leather etches really well, perfect for customizing.

What you’ll get:
– Pre-Cut Leather for the passport wallet
– Dye and Oil/Soap
– Thread
– Needles

No experience or equipment is required.


  • $65 + processing fees for members of VHS
  • $75 + processing fees for non-members

signup here:

If there’s a lot of interest, this is a workshop that can be run again.

See the thread on VHS Talk for any questions.